Panasonic Avionics Corp. in Lake Forest plans to lay off 223 people, about 10% of its workforce there, state filings show.
The permanent layoffs noted in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the California Employment Development Dept. were received and are effective in April, about a month into the coronavirus pandemic unemployment effects.
WARNs give employees advance notice of big layoffs and plant closings.
Some 30 million U.S. workers have filed for unemployment benefits in recent weeks.
Panasonic Avionics makes in-flight entertainment systems; air travel has been among the harder hit industries during national shelter-in-place efforts. Prior to the pandemic, it employed about 2,000 in Lake Forest.
A company spokeswoman told the Business Journal Tuesday it has had to make workforce reductions and furloughs, declining specifics. She said “temporary reduced work schedules” globally have affected employees who remain.
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